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Mary Beth Erskine

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Faith Enables Cancer Survivor To Earn Online Criminal Justice Degree

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 15, 2014 7:23:00 AM

Carol Cuffee, this year’s Rogich Award recipient, is a mom and grandmother. She served with the Navy in Afghanistan. And she beat breast cancer for the second time while earning a college degree.

Carol Cuffee is not the type of person who gives up.

Born prematurely at 3 pounds, Carol was so tiny that even her father, a minister, had trouble believing that she could pull through. She came home from a Savannah hospital in an incubator, but every time the wind blew, the power went out to the very machine that was keeping her alive. Her mother, however, refused to give up on her little girl and held tightly to her faith that she would survive.

Carol keeps that faith today, carrying it through the twists and turns her life has taken in her career, motherhood and health.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Marketing And Advertising: Are They One And The Same?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 10, 2014 7:23:00 AM

If you’re thinking about pursuing a business degree in marketing, it’s important to know the difference.

“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is okay. You are okay.” -- Don Draper

If you’re a fan of AMC’s hit series Mad Men, you’ve likely gotten a lesson or two in advertising – and life – from Madison Avenue bad boy Don Draper.

But if you’re majoring in business and are truly considering a future in the field of marketing, you’ll want to have a handle on the basics, like the difference between marketing and advertising.

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Topics: MBA, Marketing

5 Reasons SLU's Cybersecurity Degree Is Right For You

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 1, 2014 9:33:00 AM

As the hiring frenzy for cybersecurity professionals continues, Saint Leo’s new master's degree in cybersecurity prepares students for these in-demand careers.

Target. P.F. Chang. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. Sally Beauty.

The list of companies that have fallen victim to data breaches involving customers’ credit and debit accounts grows every day.

Private businesses are not the lone victims of cybercrime. Governments, health care, finance, law enforcement and academia all need information security professionals who can protect their organizations' data assets.

“There is increasing demand for specialized security professionals to protect the computing resources, intellectual properties and security of our organizations and country,” says Dr. Vyas Krishnan, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems in Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Accelerated MBA Online: A Faster Degree Path

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 26, 2014 9:08:00 AM

Earning an accelerated MBA online in one year fit Oscar Webb's career goals, as he prepares to transition from the Navy to civilian life.

After more than 11 years in the U.S. Navy, Oscar Webb is looking ahead to civilian life. He expects to make the transition next year and wanted to be prepared for the change. With an undergraduate degree from Saint Leo in business administration, Webb chose to return to his alma mater for a master’s degree. 

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Topics: MBA

Online Psychology Degree Students: Join Psi Chi

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 24, 2014 7:15:00 AM

Students in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program, and those enrolled at the university’s centers, now can be invited to join Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

B.F. Skinner, considered one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, was a distinguished member of Psi Chi.

So were George Albee, a clinical psychology pioneer, and J.P. Guilford, who was known for his theory of human intelligence.

Psychology students who are accepted into Psi Chi, the prestigious international honor society in psychology, are in good company.

And while they also may wear special regalia – honor cords, stoles and medallions – at their graduation ceremonies, even more importantly, they have the opportunity to belong to an almost 85-year old organization that is recognized globally for academic excellence.

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Topics: Psychology

Criminal Justice Careers: Preparing For The Unpredictable

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 12, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Haines City police captain and Saint Leo alumnus, Brian McNulty, enhances his critical incident management knowledge with a Saint Leo graduate degree.

Hurricane Katrina. Columbine. Newtown. 9/11. The Boston Marathon bombing. Whether they’re caused by violence, terrorism, or natural disasters, critical incidents, unfortunately, are a part of life in modern society.

And when you’re a law enforcement officer, like Saint Leo University alumnus Brian McNulty, it’s your job to prepare for and try to prevent these events from happening, as well as manage the fall-out, if they do.

In today’s world the need for critical incident management is more of a vital component to every agency than ever before. There’s a saying ‘it’s not if it will happen, but when it will happen,’” says McNulty, the captain of Florida’s Haines City Police Department.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

Saint Leo Offers Project Management Degrees Online

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 22, 2014 8:38:00 AM

The university launches a new online MBA concentration in project management that helps prepare students for PMI® certification. Saint Leo's bachelor's in business administration-project management is now also available online.

To boost competitiveness, corporations in practically every industry around the globe – from health care and manufacturing to information services and business services – are becoming more project based and team oriented.

This means that the demand for project managers – business professionals with the skills and knowledge to lead complex projects for mid to large-size companies – continues to increase.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI),® the world’s leading professional association for project management practitioners, more than 15.7 million new project management roles are projected to be created by the year 2020 globally. Approximately 700,000 of those new positions will be in the United States.

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Topics: MBA, Project Management

Accounting Jobs On The Upswing

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 20, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Public and private industry employers are seeking candidates with accounting degrees.

There’s good news for graduates of online accounting degree programs.

After years of hiring freezes and cutbacks, the market for entry-level accounting professionals has strengthened.

According to the 2014 Accounting & Finance Salary Guide published by Robert Half, “Degreed candidates, even those in the earliest stages of their careers, are sought in public accounting and private industry.” The guide lists bookkeepers, internal auditors and staff accountants among the industry’s most in-demand positions.

Suzanne Seymoure, associate professor of accounting at Saint Leo University, says the future is bright for accounting grads. “There is a need for accountants in just about every facet of society,” she says. “We’re seeing growth everywhere, particularly in the corporate and public accounting fields.”

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Topics: Accounting

To Protect And Serve

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 13, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Members of the Saint Leo community reflect upon the meaning of duty and sacrifice in law enforcement during National Police Week.

For many who enter criminal justice careers, the work they do is not just work. It is a calling or sense of commitment that keeps them going no matter what challenges or dangers they face.

The risks involved with the profession sadly were exemplified recently when a Saint Leo University alumna was killed in the line of duty.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard was investigating a car accident in Marion County on May 3 when she and two others were struck by a pickup truck. Richard was a nine-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and was pursuing her master’s degree in criminal justice online at Saint Leo.

“There is nothing routine about being in law enforcement. You put your life on the line every time you put on your uniform,” said Dr. Robert Diemer, Director of Saint Leo University’s Graduate Criminal Justice Program who began his career as an officer and has 35 years of law enforcement experience. “Yet everyday officers such as Trooper Richard are willing to face the dangers because of their commitment to serving the public.”

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Military Social Work Experts To Speak At Saint Leo Conference

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 12, 2014 7:43:00 AM

Military social work experts, educators and practitioners will gather at Saint Leo for the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, June 6-7.

Col. Ann McCulliss Johnson, U.S. Army (ret), MSW, and Lt. Col. Nathan Keller, LCSW, PhD, nationally recognized experts on social work practice with service members, veterans and military families, and will be the keynote speakers at the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference. Johnson and Keller will address this year’s theme "Veterans in Transition," along with more than 50 speakers and presenters.

The only event of its kind in the United States dedicated solely to military social work, the 2014 conference is sponsored by Saint Leo University. It takes place Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 at University Campus in St. Leo, Fla.

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Topics: Social Work

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